Malheur County beets sweeten the country

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

NAMPA – The sugar that ends up on the shelves of many local grocery stores begins as a tiny seed that looks like a goat head in a field in Malheur County.

Sugar beets have been around since ancient Egypt and are now grown in a dozen states and account for more than half of American sugar production.

Sugar beets are crucial to Malheur County’s agriculture economy and almost all of them end up at the grower-owned Amalgamated Sugar Company plant across the border in Nampa.

At the Nampa plant, beets are . . .